Oregon Law School Dean Michael Moffitt has decided to bring an element of freshness into the job hunting process of new law school graduates. He has made a proposal to use the funds designated for faculty salary increases into the funding of fellowships that could increase the job opportunities for Oregon Law graduate students.
The news was welcome by everyone, except for the Oregon La professor Rob Illig, who has sent numerous emails to the colleagues and the dean, requesting an explanation of whether the proposal was "some kind of faculty version of white-man's guilt?"
Fellowships have been created all over the country to assist law school graduates in finding full-time jobs. The law school fellowships typically assist and pay lawyers to work in the specific public sectors areas where they have the intention of furthering their careers.
About 750 graduates of class 2013 has taken similar types of positions out of the 46,767 persons who have come up with a law school degree. This has noted a 50% increase from last year, according to Kyle McEntee, executive manager of Law School Transparency.
Schools say that with their help, law school graduates might be able to land a job more easily and also develop skills in public interest law, an eventually more lucrative legal option than the pursuit of a legal career in the private sector. "Law school is more expensive, and so it is becoming more of a financial sacrifice to go into public service," Paul Mahoney, dean of UVA Law, has explained to Fortune magazine.
Similar initiatives would boost the interest in this sector and will make more potential stdudents wanting to pursue a law career.